FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY WE GIVE - Susan Saloom, social investment manager, Shell in the UK

How much do you give to charity?

We gave £3.4 million in the UK and about £65 million worldwide last year.

Are there any particular causes you support?

Sustainable development is at the heart of our community investment and helping young people to develop their skills and abilities is a strong theme. We have six main community programmes in the UK including Shell LiveWIRE, which last year offered more than 100,000 young people advice on starting a business, and the Shell Better Britain Campaign, which provides grants to community groups working to bring social, environmental and economic benefits. We also support many local charities based mainly near to our principal UK offices in Aberdeen, the north west of England and on London's South Bank.

Do you consider approaches from charitable organisations?

Yes we do, we receive many approaches from far and wide. We support some of them and always send a written reply.

What is a good way to approach you?

Write to us in a brief, concise and visual way.

Get to the point and tell us why you think your cause resonates with our business or builds on something we are already doing.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached?

People who don't get to the point and those who haven't done their research.

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